Russia up in arms over Poland’s nuclear ambitions

According to Russian media, Europe is allegedly concerned about Jarosław Kaczyński’s remarks on nuclear weapons

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: interia.pl
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, right, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

After one of Poland’s top politcians hinted at his personal desire for Poland to have nuclear weapons, Russia media has been stretching the truth of his statements.

In an interview for Gazeta Polska, Kaczyński had said: “As a citizen of Poland I wish my country had atomic weapons, but as a politician I have to assess that as unrealistic.”

The Russian government has responded that Europe is “concerned” about his statements.

“The stance taken by the Polish authorities has raised concern in Europe,” said the Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, in response to the leader of Poland’s ruling party’s remarks.

Kaczyński also argued that since Russia is seeing its offensive floundering, the country was escalating atrocities, so he feared more genocide was possible. He therefore appealed for harsher sanctions on Russian oil and ports in response.

According to Russian media outlets, Kaczyński had proposed siting US nuclear weapons in Poland. It also claims that these remarks proved controversial in Europe.

Poland’s intelligence services spokesman Stanisław Żaryn wrote on social media that Russia was intensifying its propaganda assault on Poland portraying the country as one which is provoking and escalating tensions in the region.

Russia is accusing Poland of war mongering, Russophobia, wanting to annex West Ukraine, being a vassal of the U.S., leading NATO into war, and making normalization of East-West relations impossible.

Poland contends that the objective of this campaign is to isolate Poland and damage its relations with allies.

“These Russian moves have intensified during the war in Ukraine and they are aimed at reducing Poland and the eastern flank of NATO’s security,” concludes Żaryn. 

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